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have to or agony. senator reid has said so eloquently, and dan inouye was a full, long life and so it is our great honor to come here to celebrate it. i am grateful that so many of his colleagues in the senate and both parties, leaders and members of the house and the administration and especially the members of the diplomatic corps have calm because i hope in the short service, we can capture the character and contributions of one of the most remarkable americans i have ever known. you know, it is difficult to be in politics and the courageous without being sanctimonious. it is difficult to be a gallant man in politics without seeming pompous. it is difficult to constantly reach out for common ground without wondering if you have left your principles behind. but dan inouye did all this and more. those of us who knew him can be grateful for so many and peered for hillary and me he was first and foremost a friend, an adviser, something that both of us will cherish forever. i thought i knew it's a bit about hawaii when i had carried this state twice then i went back when they instead
adjourned yesterday, majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell debated the fiscal cliff and talked about negotiations surrounding the tax hikes and automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in a few days. this is about 5 minutes -- 15 minutes. >> madam president, you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation we find ourselves in, but last night president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something we could do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated, because we've been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months, literallye for months. a plan that would simplify theod tax code, shrink the deficit, protect the taxpayers and grow the economy. but democrats consistently rejected those offers. the president chose instead to spend his time on the campaign trail. reelected. and congressional democrats sat on theirel hands. now republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. we wanted an agreement. w but w
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